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Harris/Bancroft and Labuschagne/Patterson the big decisions for the 1st test.

I wonder what role J.Pattinson and J.Richardson will play this series. Big fan of both, Pattinson in particular, I thnk he's potentially the world's #1 bowler if his body can ever hold up.
I don't reckon Bancroft is any chance, hasn't scored enough runs in county. Very interested in J.Patt as well, really hard to crack our bowling rotation though, probably needs an injury to get in, or some serious under-performing from Hazlewood.

Edit: Bancroft did finish the county season with 109, 36, 92*, 77 & 158, so maybe he will be a chance.

Bancroft in county - 15 innings, 690 runs @ 49.28
Labuschagne in county - 16 innings, 1057 runs @ 70.46
 

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I would pick Pattinson as the first guy in after Smith. This would be my first test side if Khawaja is out:

1. Burns
2. Warner
3. Labamba (never thought I’d be picking him but his county form has been exceptional and is a decent fifth bowling option)
4. Smith
5. Head
6. Patterson
7. Paine
8. Cummins
9. Pattinson
10. Starc
11. Lyon
 

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Another hundred for Wade, he’s in stupidly good form.
Yep, and Head as well. Head has secured his spot at 5 if it wasn't already secure.

Surely Wade gets a chance at some point, there's a legitimate argument to be made that he should be in ahead of Paine, but with the captaincy issue, you pretty much have to have Paine there.
 

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Yep, and Head as well. Head has secured his spot at 5 if it wasn't already secure.

Surely Wade gets a chance at some point, there's a legitimate argument to be made that he should be in ahead of Paine, but with the captaincy issue, you pretty much have to have Paine there.
I'd say Wade might well be the 6 instead of Patterson. Labumblebee will bee there at 3.
 

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https://www.couriermail.com.au/sport/cricket/ashes-selection-tracker-rating-each-aussie-hopefuls-chances-of-facing-england/news-story/0ce2b1ba9691ddf9bbdabda874d2f55e

ASHES ‘CERTAINTIES’:

David Warner

Returned to the Australian side after his 12-month ban and redeemed by runs — the second most in the World Cup in England. has never scored a Test century in England but guaranteed to open at Edgbaston.

ASHES CHANCES 10/10

Pat Cummins


The Allan Border medallist endured an underwhelming World Cup but remains a chief weapon the whites and his consistency and reliability will be invaluable in these Ashes.

ASHES CHANCES 10/10

Josh Hazlewood


Should be well rested after controversially being left out of the World Cup squad while recovering from injury. Will be expected to run in hard in all five Tests now his body is fixed. And should be fired up to prove the folly of his ODI omission.

ASHES CHANCES 10/10

Nathan Lyon


A nemesis for England in the last series on home soil, Lyon has a wealth of experience from a number of Ashes conflicts and is one of the first names on the team-sheet.

ASHES CHANCES 10/10

Tim Paine


Australia’s Test captain is guaranteed his place by virtue of his stella leadership in the wake of the Newlands scandal and his status as the best gloveman available, though will need to contribute with the bat after a relatively barren run in the Australian home summer.

ASHES CHANCES 10/10

Steve Smith


Still working his way back in to the national set up after the emotional burden he has had to carry in the last 18 months. Showed flashes of his old self in the World Cup without dominating bowlers. A proven performer in England, though, and much will be expected of him at first drop.

ASHES CHANCES 10/10

Mitchell Starc


Having taken more wickets in a single World Cup than anyone before him, Starc is set to terrorise English batsmen with the Dukes ball where his ability to get to swinging will make him arguably an even more potent threat.

ASHES CHANCES 10/10

Travis Head


An incumbent in Australia’s middle order, Head has been busy carving up admittedly weak English bowlers on the Australia A tour. But you can only play what’s in front of you and Head has done nothing to imperil his place in the side.

ASHES CHANCES 9.5/10

James Pattinson


A bowler who strikes fear in to England fans due to his ability to swing it both ways and at electric pace, exploiting the extra movement with the Dukes ball at the tail end of a successful Sheffield Shield season. Now free from injury he could be a decisive weapon in this series.

ASHES CHANCES 9.5/10

ASHES CONTENDERS:

Marnus Labuschagne

Australia’s incumbent No. 4, Labuschange’s prospects of retaining his place diminished after a couple of failures against Sri Lanka in the Canberra Test and a less than fruitful finish to the last Sheffield Shield season, but is a strong shout for selection after a fine showing in his County Championship stint with Glamorgan.

The first batsman to 1000 runs — albeit in the second division — at an average in the 70s may have done enough to convince Justin Langer, with whom Labuschange shares a phenomenal work ethic, he is worth persisting with.

His ability to send down some passable leg breaks may also go in his favour if selectors elect to go in with just a single spinner and rely on the part-timers to offer support.

ASHES CHANCES 7/10

Matthew Wade


Wade last played a Test for Australia in late 2017 but is making a compelling case for a return. The second highest run scorer in the Sheffield Shield last season, with 1021 runs at 60.05, he has carried that form to the Australia A tour of the UK with three centuries and more than 40 on his two ‘failures’.

His wicketkeeping is an extra bow should Australia feel they need back up for Paine, but it will be as an aggressive specialist batsman if he does get the nod. Had to retire hurt in a recent tour match but the medical report is that the injury wasn’t serious.

ASHES CHANCES 7/10

Usman Khawaja


A first pick when fully fit, Khawaja is still recovering from a hamstring injury picked up on World Cup duty, placing a question mark over his ability to contribute from the first Test. Is also unsure of taking part in the Australia v Australia A match in Southampton, with Trevor Hohns saying: “It would be ideal preparation but we can’t push that at the moment, he’s in the hands of the medicos and we’ll take advice from them.”

ASHES CHANCES 8/10

Marcus Harris


Harris shapes as Warner’s most likely partner at the top of the order, his spot only in any doubt due to an encouraging run of form from others who covet the place.

A stunning Sheffield Shield season — in which he eventually top scored with 1188 at 69.88 and ended with a match-winning century in the final — brought him a Test debut against India in the home summer, where he scored two half centuries in a showing that proved he could handle the big stage. Having missed out on the Sri Lanka series he has been in fine form on Australia A’s tour of the UK.

ASHES CHANCES 8/10

Kurtis Patterson


Took his Test opportunity with an unbeaten 114 against Sri Lanka in his debut series in February, Australia’s last long-form outing, and so may feel he deserves to play the first Ashes Test. A genuine talent, though may suffer from the squeeze on places with the return of Smith and Warner.

ASHES CHANCES 5/10

Joe Burns


Burns was many people’s pick to open the batting this series thanks to his impressive record of four centuries from 16 Test matches — his last in the Sri Lanka series earlier in the year — and an average north of 40. Though a question mark has been placed over him after returning from County Championship duty with a fatigue related illness at the start of the English season.

Happily over that now he has joined the Australia A tour and immediately returned to the runs but his place in the side remains less certain than it was a few months ago.

ASHES CHANCES 6/10

Michael Neser


Neser is well-regarded for his ability to get big swing with the English Dukes ball which will be used in the Ashes. And the Queenslander is in form after taking 20 wickets in the final four games of the Sheffield Shield season, at an average of 16.9, when, significantly, the Dukes ball was used. He also averages close to 27 with the bat in first class cricket and could edge out Marsh for the allrounder role.

ASHES CHANCES 5/10

Peter Handscomb


Handscomb’s current visit to England has not been an entirely happy one. Drafted in as an injury replacement for the World Cup semi-final, he could no replicate the form that took him close to selection for the original squad, scoring just four runs as Australia were comprehensively beaten by eventual champions England.

Centrally contracted, the selectors clearly view Handscomb as a key member of the set up going forward though he faces stiff competition for a middle order batting position and, though it would raise eyebrows if he missed out on a second national selection on the bounce, he is by no means a certainty to make the cut.

ASHES CHANCES 7/10

Peter Siddle


Siddle has taken 43 wickets touring the UK at an average of 28.37 from his 11 Tests played, though has only featured in seven matches since the 2015 Ashes.

However, he has been in sparkling form for Essex this season, claiming over 30 scalps at an average a touch over 20.

Australia are likely to pick five pace bowlers to manage the load of a gruelling series and his stump to stump reliability could be useful.

ASHES CHANCES 5/10

Cameron Bancroft


The third man in the sandpapergate shambles, Bancroft’s position in the squad was not as secure as Smith and Warner’s and so it has been a longer road back to the side for Bancroft, one he is still travelling. Has impressed most commentators with his performances for Durham in the County Championship, where he has struck 726 runs at 45.37 while captaining.

For all that it would still be a big call to have him open with Warner in front of a rabid, partisan England crowd, but the numbers are in his favour.

ASHES CHANCES 5/10

ASHES LONG SHOTS:

Jackson Bird

An honest toiler who has never let Australia down, Bird’s chances seem slim purely due to the quality of pace bowlers ahead of him in the pecking order. Has been an effective weapon as a new ball bowler on the Australia A tour but his most likely route to the squad rests as much on the fitness of the likes of Pattinson and Hazlewood as it does on his own efforts.

ASHES CHANCES 1/10

Alex Carey


Touted as a future Test keeper — and captain — Carey had a breakout tournament in the World Cup, Australia’s one true success in a middling campaign. His 375 runs at 62.50, at a strike rate of 104.16, showed he had both the technique and temperament for the big stage. This Ashes series might have come too soon for him, though expert judges in Shane Warne and Steve Waugh have put forward his case for inclusion on his batting alone.

ASHES CHANCES 3/10

Jon Holland


Should Australia deem a back-up spinner a necessary inclusion in the squad, Holland is the man in pole position, though that is not a certainty with Hohns saying it is a question still under consideration. The Victorian has done plenty on the Australia A tour to make his case, claiming six wickets in the emphatic victory over Sussex earlier this month.

The 32-year-old has been the stand out slow bowler in the Sheffield Shield over the last three years and has played four Test matches, in Sri Lanka in 2016 and against Pakistan in the UAE last October, where his struggles were shared by the team in difficult conditions.

This series realistically shapes as his last realistic shot at further Test honours.

ASHES CHANCES 3/10

Will Pucovski


An uncapped squad member in the last Test summer, Pucovski remains an outside bet for an Ashes nod, though put his case for ward with a century in Australia A’s tight nine-run win over Gloucestershire at Bristol. That after a tidy half century in the opening match of the tour.

ASHES CHANCES 1/10

Chris Tremain


Tremain’s 138 wickets at 21 across the last three Sheffield Shield seasons brought him to the fringes of the Test side when named in the squad for the opening two Tests against India last year. He didn’t get a start, however, and looks likely to exists outside the final selection again for the Ashes. Should he be picked he will be in full form and fitness (the latter not necessarily true around the India series) and he has looked sharp in the UK this month. Possibly ahead of Bird in selectors’ thoughts, he appears in a battle with Siddle for the fifth quick position.

ASHES CHANCES 3/10

Mitchell Marsh


Drafted in to the World Cup training camp when Marcus Stoinis’ fitness was in doubt, Marsh wasn’t needed in the end when his fellow allrounder recovered from as side strain. Australia are desperate to include a seam bowling allrounder for the sake of balance in the side but the recent vice-captain looks to have dropped out of favour, not for the first time in his career. But the master of the second, or third or fourth chances should not be discounted as an option.

ASHES CHANCES 2/10
 

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Queensland cricket legend Sam Trimble dies aged 84

Robert Craddock, The Courier-Mail
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To Queensland cricket, Sam Trimble was the gift who just kept giving.
Opening batsman Trimble, who died in Brisbane on the weekend aged 84, was known as one of the finest Sheffield Shield cricketers to never wear a Test cap.

Few have come closer. Trimble was 12th man for the first Test against the West Indies in Jamaica in 1965 and he also captained an Australia Second XI to New Zealand in 1969, making a double century.

The iconic duo of Bob Simpson and Bill Lawry were the brick wall that stopped him from making the Test side but had he been playing today he would surely have made the team.

“He was the best player I saw who never played a Test for Australia,’’ said former Test keeper John Maclean, a long time Trimble teammate.

“He was a lovely fella – a quintessential Australian. I remember years after we retired I met Bob Hawke and one of the first things he said to me was “how’s Sam Trimble.’ He was very widely known and respected.’’

The Sheffield Shield centuries which are so elusive to modern players came readily to Trimble in 1963-64 (five), 1964-65 (three) and 1965-66 (three).

Trimble loved the game so much he could have played it forever, eventually retiring from first class cricket in his early 40s but still appearing for the Wanderers in his 60s.

“You don’t forget how to play. You just get slower,” Trimble once told The Courier-Mail’s Bernie Pramberg.

“I love the game. Being brought up the country where cricket was everything in the summer and a way to get out of milking the cows was a good start.”

His 144 match first class career reaped 10,282 runs at 41 and he was Queensland’s leading first class run-score before Stuart Law and Martin Love passed him.

Trimble’s famous coaching camps at the Gabba, which continued for decades after his retirement, helped to mould future stars and were once visited by a chubby nine-year-old boy from Kingaroy called Matt Hayden.

“He had great self-belief,’’ Maclean said.

“The story goes that in his first game for Queensland he backed himself with his team-mates to score a century and he got one in the second innings.

“Fast bowlers knew that anything wide he would just cut them. Even if it was really wide he would just chase it. I have so many magical memories of him.’’

Trimble was born to farm life at Booyong outside Lismore but moved to Queensland to maximise his chances of playing first class cricket.

In the early 1970s, radio listeners got used to hearing reports of Queensland sides collapsing at the Gabba but opening batsman Trimble, their anchor an and inspiration, would often stand firm.

He loved the game from all angles and spent a year as curator at Souths home-ground Fehlberg Park from the mid-1990s, once having to get a new mobile phone after one slipped from his pocket into a bucket of white paint.

Trimble’s best moments proved he was Test class. His 177 for Queensland against John Snow, Ken Shuttleworth, Peter Lever, Ray Illingworth and Derek Underwood in 1970-71 was a triumph against an attack which defeated Australia that summer.

Trimble never got his heart’s desire – a Sheffield Shield win – but he signed off from cricket with a memorable punchline in his final summer in 1975-76 Given just 17 minutes and 15 overs by NSW captain Doug Walters to chase down a seemingly out of reach 165 runs for outright victory they roared home with making 86 and a 41-year-old Trimble 66.

It was T20 before T20 from a man who saw the good in all facets of the game.

Source:
https://www.couriermail.com.au/sport/cricket/queensland-cricket-legend-sam-trimble-dies-aged-84/news-story/0fa80816eaeeb0c5926c3b2c022ef0d4
 

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